New Home Construction for Homeowners
Building a new home is a big step, but it doesn’t have to be a big gamble. Investing in the construction of an energy-efficient new home means eliminating the guesswork and ensuring that the long-term benefits are included from the ground up.
How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home
For a new home to be considered truly energy efficient, it must be ENERGY STAR®-certified. The key to achieving certified status is the home’s ability to stand up to rigorous testing and inspections.
PSO offers up to $5,000 in rebates to homebuilders who construct energy-efficient homes. Before construction begins, familiarize yourself with the various components of an energy-efficient new home and discuss them with your builder. Important components include energy-efficient lighting, insulation, windows, ducts, and HVAC systems.
What to Consider When Building a New Home
Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Score
The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is an index used by homebuilders to measure a home’s energy-efficiency performance. A home’s HERS score tells you everything you need to know about its energy performance in a single number. The lower the HERS score, the more energy efficient the home.
Certified HERS Rater
A certified independent HERS rater works closely with the builder throughout the construction process to determine energy-saving equipment and construction techniques, and conducts required on-site testing and inspections to earn the home its ENERGY STAR® or PSO certification.
Building an Energy-Efficient New Home — From the Ground Up
Find a Participating Homebuilder
Ready to build an energy-efficient new home? View our list of participating homebuilders and reach out to one today.